HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- After a lengthy investigation, a West Ottawa high school coach is now charged with a sex crime.
On Wednesday, 34-year-old Matthew Powell was charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, accused of inappropriately touching a female student.
WZZM 13 has been following the investigation for weeks, which began when a concerned parent came forward. After interviewing several witnesses, investigators believe there was one 16-year-old victim.
"Fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct essentially involves inappropriate touching, and that's what he's charged with; that best fit the scenario," said Captain Mark Bennett with the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department.
Powell, a wrestling coach and special education teacher, is charged in connection to his alleged relationship with a female student.